Body/Form—Anatomical Wall Charts from the University of Tokyo

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In a room inside Building No. 2 of the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine were discovered more than seven hundred wall charts related to anatomy. Wall charts were a type of visual teaching aid from before glass plates, film, and slides developed into the digital images of today. They were hung from a blackboard, wall, or special stand in the classroom used for indicating things during a lecture. They were mounted on a hemp fabric base in the same way as a regular hanging scroll. However, they differ from Japanese scrolls in that the pictures were not made on traditional Japanese paper or silk, but on Western-style paper.

Forming the seventh in the ongoing Intermediatheque Natural History Series of special exhibitions, by making the hand-drawn anatomical wall charts from the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine collection available to the public, the museum hopes the exhibition can be an opportunity to rethink “Japanese” pictorial representations of the human body in modern anatomical charts. The exhibition is held as a series, each time featuring around twenty examples of hand-drawn historical wall charts.

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from March 06, 2021 to July 18, 2021

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